"Break Free (feat. Zedd)" (CD single)

Music review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Clean, catchy dance/pop song for strong, independent girls.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 26 reviews

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Positive Messages

Grande powerfully sings, "I only want to die alive / Never by the hands of a broken heart / Don't want to hear you lie tonight" and "I'm stronger than I've been before." She won't let a broken heart keep her down.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Grande sings about breaking free from a former flame and celebrates her independence with lyrics such as "This is the part when I say I don't want ya / I'm stronger than I've been before / This is the part where I break free."​ Ariana Grande is both a successful Nickelodeon star and a pop sensation who isn't afraid to experiment with different musical genres. She's worked with plenty of big-name artists such as Iggy Azalea, Mac Miller, and, on this single, Zedd. Her full-length album also features collaborations with Big Sean, Childish Gambino, and ASAP Ferg. 


One use of "hell."


The lyrics video, which premiered on MTV's "Total Ariana Live," features a space theme heavily influenced by Star Wars' iconic scrolling text and Barbarella.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Break Free (feat. Zedd)" is a clean and catchy dance/pop track from Ariana Grande about a young woman who won't let heartbreak prevent her from being strong and independent. The lyrics music video is definitely a treat for Star Wars fans, as it features the iconic scrolling text beginning with "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." There is no iffy content except for one use of "hell."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byAgustin A. November 3, 2018


This song is empowering, fun, catchy song and really good beats. My 9 year old has been listening to this song since he was 6 years old
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byMomma K. June 25, 2017

Great song for danceing too!

My kids know Ariana Grande from her shows on Nickelodeon,and now that her TV shows have ended Ariana is concentrating on her music career. This song is upbeat,... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 16, 2014

pop trash

I think this song is terrible and the video contains a girl who looks about twelve trying to be sexy its plain weird
Kid, 12 years old June 20, 2016
I really like this song. It makes girls my age feel so empowered. It's worth buying.

What's the story?

BREAK FREE (FEAT. ZEDD) is the second single from Ariana Grande's 2014 album My Everything. The song premiered on a special one-day revival of the MTV show Total Request Live called "Total Ariana Live." Grande has stated that the "Break Free" music video was inspired by her love of science fiction including Star Wars and Jane Fonda's sci-fi film Barbarella.

Is it any good?

Teaming up with popular EDM DJ and producer Zedd was a smart move for Ariana Grande and her meteoric rise as a pop star. Her powerful Mariah Carey-like vocals shine just as much on this catchy dance track as they do on her old-school R&B songs. Although this tune isn't as memorable as Zedd's previous radio-ready hits such as "Clarity" and "Stay the Night," its pulsating beats and positive messages may be enough for "Break Free" to become Grande's next big summer jam.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ariana Grande's popularity. Why do you think she's become so successful?

  • Ariana Grande's signature sound is old-school R&B. Do you think she will continue to have success within the EDM genre? What other musical genres would you like to hear from her?

  • How does "Break Free" compare to "Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)"? Which song do you like better?

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